Norfolk Tides 5, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 4
The Tides scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and beat the RailRiders. Jair Jurrjens started for Norfolk and pitched 8 innings in which he gave up four runs on ten hits. He struck out two and walked none. Jairo Ascencio earned his 15th save of the season with a scoreless ninth that had just one base runner, who reached on a walk.
The Tides were behind 4-0 after three innings but chipped away at their deficit.The scored two in the fourth on a Brandon Waring two-run homer. Buck Britton knocked in the third run with a single in the fifth. In the top of the ninth, with Xavier Avery on base from a fielder's choice, L.J. Hoes doubled in the tying run, then came in to score on a throwing error. I didn't see the game, but that must have been some error if he scored from second base.
Hoes, Zelous Wheeler, and Chris Snyder each had two hits in the game. In addition to his homer, Waring also took a walk. Jason Pridie was 0-for-3 but walked twice. Also of note is that the leadoff hitter for the RailRiders was none other than our old friend Corey Patterson.
Bowie Baysox 7, Altoona Curve 5
It was a team effort by the Baysox offense in the game as each starter had at hit and only one player, Ty Kelly, had a multi-hit game. Nolan Reimold finally got a hit in rehab, which I guess makes me a little happy.
Jake Pettit started for the Baysox and had a good night. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one. Relief pitcher Clayton Schrader had a rough night. He walked the bases loaded and then was taken out of the game without recording an out. Two of those runners came in to score on a two-out single with Zech Zinicola on the mound. Oliver Drake also pitched one inning and gave up one hit. He struck out two.
Frederick Keys 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7
Zach Petersime gave up five runs in just 3 2/3 innings tonight as the Keys lost to the Pelicans 7-3. Michael Ohlman had a big day with two triples, but the offense couldn't do much against the fearsome water birds.
The Keys scored a solo run in the second inning when Ohlman tripled and came in to score on a single by Jason Esposito. They scored their other two runs in the sixth inning. Jerome Pena walked, then came in to score on Ohlman's second triple of the night. Ohlman himself then scored on a wild pitch.
Pena had a single and two walks on the day. Glynn Davis had a single and a double.
Asheville Tourists 4, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Matt Taylor had a solid outing, but the silent Shorebirds bats did him no favors. The Shorebirds were held to three hits by T.J. Oakes. Even though two of those hits were Lucas Herbst and Adrian Marin doubles, the lads from the shore were unable to capitalize. Regarding Taylor, well, he went six solid innings and struck out eight. He walked one batter and allowed five hits. The Hobgoblin finished the game with 3 innings of relief that should ease the minds of fans concerned with his recent performance. The 2009 first rounder allowed three hits and struck out one and all his other outs came via groundballs.
Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
The Ironbirds winless streak 2013 now sits at five. It's not ll gloom and doom, though. Debutante Trey Mancini was 2-4, with two strikeouts, but Hector Veloz is the early story at Aberdeen. Through the first five games of the season, he's hitting .474 and slugging .737. He is also one of the youngest players on the Ironbirds at 19, however, as his three errors may indicate, he's still a bit of a work in progress. Lefty Stephen Breault had a nice debut, as well. The 21 year old Regis College alum went five shutout innings striking out five and walking none. Jimmy Yacabonis pitched his second scoreless outing of the year.
DSL Mets1 5, DSL O's2 2
The wonderfully named Lu Franc-Cito LeFranc had a disastrous outing. The beefy youngster walked seven and struck out two in 4.2 innings. Ademar RIfaela picked up a couple more hits bringing his OBP on the year up to .392. Pedro Flores, one of the youngest on the squad at 17, walked twice.
DSL White Sox 4, DSL O's1 3
21 year old Alexander Mercedes was 3-4, but was also caught stealing. The young O's taking the hill today walked eight and struck out six.
GCL Rays 7, GCL O's 6
If you're following the Gulf Coast League for wins and losses...well, I don't know. The O's opened the season with the 1-2 punch of knuckleballers Zach Clark and Zach Staniewicz. While nearly three years younger than Clark, Staniewicz is the more experienced knuckler and it showed in the results. Clark was tagged for seven earned runs in 1.2 innings, Staniewicz allowed three baserunners in 3.1 innings. Ronarsy Ledesma, 20, a three year veteran of the O's Dominican academy, had a nice stateside debut going 2-4 with a double and a triple.